As the Conservation Biologist for the Tucson Audubon Society Jennie MacFarland coordinates the Arizona Important Bird Areas Program and the Tucson Bird Count, an urban bird count with a Reconciliation Ecology purpose. Having adopted Tucson as her home town, Jennie has lived in southern Arizona for nearly 20 years and loves the varied habitats and birds of the region.
Carol Beardmore has worked for the Fish and Wildlife Service since 1990 first in Corpus Christi and later at the Austin office, where she worked as listing and recovery biologist on her Master's research animal, the Golden-cheeked Warbler, among other species, such as the Black-capped Vireo and a couple of mammals. In 1996 she left Austin for Phoenix to become the Western Coordinator of Partners in Flight. Her work with the PIF Science Committee continues and includes co-authoring the three main PIF publications. In 2003 she became the Science Coordinator of the Sonoran Joint Venture, where she works on binational bird conservation and monitoring. She is particularly passionate about international birding and bird conservation.
Walt Anderson is a naturalist, artist, photographer, and Professor of Environmental Studies at innovative Prescott College. Formerly a refuge biologist, Walt pioneered a program of access and interpretation in the Sutter Buttes of California, the subject of two books. He has also led nature-based and photography expeditions around the world. His writings, artwork (especially bird portraits), and photographs all are ways of sharing his passion for the natural world. At Prescott College, where he has taught and advised for 25 years, he promotes experiential education through fostering “informed imagination.” Walt studied Scaled Quail vocalizations and movements for his Master’s at the University of Arizona, then Kirtland’s Warbler nesting and birds in bogs in Michigan for doctoral work. He is an expert in field identification of birds on many continents.
Walter grew up in Bethlehem, PA, where a school teacher introduced him to birding at age 13. Maurice Broun, the curator at nearby Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, gave him further encouragement. After undergraduate studies at Moravian College, he earned an MS degree in urban planning at Columbia University in the City of New York. He held several environmental planning positions in the Mid-Atlantic Region before moving to Scottsdale in 1991. Walter launched the Bethlehem-Easton, PA Christmas Bird Count, and served as compiler for the Delaware County, PA and Carefree, AZ counts. He conducted numerous field surveys for the PA, MD/DC and AZ breeding bird atlas projects, headed the effort to establish the Cave Creek Ecosystem Important Bird Area, and twice served on the Maricopa Audubon Society board. He was the principal investigator for a two-year bird study on the McDowell Sonoran Preserve in Scottsdale, and he remains active there as a research partner. Walter is currently serving AZFO as editor of the online newsletter.
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